Leitrim warmed up for their Allianz FL Division 4 showdown against Derry with an eight-point success over Waterford at Pairc Sean MacDiarmada today.
Ryan O’Rourke’s 26th minute goal sent the home side on the road to a 1-20 to 2-9 round 7 victory and they now look forward to a first Croke Park appearance in 13 years.
The first-half finished with Terry Hyland’s charges 1-13 to 0-5 to the good.
Waterford’s second-half effort was rewarded with goals from Dylan Guiry and Michael Curry but Leitrim always looked comfortable.
The Micheal McWeeney captained side will now aim to reverse the round 6 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Oak Leafers when the two teams renew acquaintances at GAA HQ next Saturday.
Leitrim - C McCrann; M McWeeney, P Maguire, C Reynolds; O Madden, M Plunkett, R Mulvey (0-2); C Cullen (0-2), S Moran (0-1); S McWeeney, E Mulligan (0-5, 1'45), D Flynn (0-1f); E Sweeney (0-3), R O’Rourke (1-4, 0-3f), P Dolan. Subs: J Heslin for D Flynn, G Reynolds for O Madden, C McCauley (0-1) for P Dolan, N Brady (0-1) for E Sweeney, D McGovern for S Moran.
Waterford - D Whitty; S O’Donovan, B O’Keeffe, J McGrath; B Looby, S Ryan, J Gleeson (0-1); S Aherne (0-1), T Prendergast; D Guiry (1-0), C Murray (0-2), S Whelan Barrett; J Mullaney, D Hallihan (0-2), M Curry (1-0). Subs: JJ Hutchinson (0-3, 1f) for B O’Keeffe, J Allen for T Prendergast, B Lynch for S Whelan Barrett, D Fitzgerald for J Mullaney.
Referee - N McKenna.Tweet